School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Job Reference Number: 17579
The Cassey Invasion Ecology Lab and the Invasive Animals CRC are pleased to advertise a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in 'Risk Analyses and Transport Pathway Modelling'. The position will be based in the Global Ecology Group at the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide. The University of Adelaide is a member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of leading Australian universities that are intensive in research, and is recognised as one of the top Universities in the world based on various rankings. The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is one of five Schools within the Faculty of Sciences, employing a diverse range of academic and research staff including aquatic and terrestrial ecologists, evolutionary biologists, geologists and landscape scientists. The School plays a key role within the research programs of the Environment Institute and has strong links to a number of partner organisations.
The successful candidate will work within the Incursions theme of the Invasive Animals CRC (Project 1.L.4: ‘Exotic vertebrate risk analysis and complex invasion pathway framework’). Research will include the construction of pathway transport models into Australia from existing datasets and the mapping of ecologically realistic environmental and climatic risk neighbourhoods. Computation and development of clustering techniques will be used to predict future incursion risks into Australia.
The successful applicant will be expected to engage with other participants of the Invasive Animals CRC and Global Ecology Group as well as fostering ties with other research providers, industry risk creators, and State Government end-users. The successful applicant will work closely with the Pest-Information Hub of the Invasive Animals CRC providing empirical and modelling support for projects relating to incursion risk, dispersal, and demographic population models.
You should have:
- PhD or equivalent degree (or thesis submitted) in a discipline relevant to global change biology or ecological modelling, or comparable relevant experience.
- A commitment to research excellence.
- Well developed research skills, demonstrated by publications in leading scientific journals and conferences.
- Proficiency in computational and analytical programming, including demonstrated ability in quantitative ecology, environmental and/or climate modelling, and development of computational methods relevant to data clustering and/or hierarchical analysis.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a research team as well as conducting independent research and undertake project leadership.
- Good verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills, including a willingness to supervise students within the lab and engage with external research partners.
Salary: (Level A) $70,814 - $79,435 per annum. The successful applicant will be appointed at an appropriate level depending on qualifications and relevant experience.
Plus an employer superannuation contribution of 9% applies.
Term of Position
This full-time, fixed-term position is available immediately for two years.
Closing date: 14 December 2012
Your application should:
- include your résumé/Curriculum Vitae
- address the selection criteria
- quote the relevant reference number
- include residency status
- include the names, addresses and/or email details of three referees.
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